It’s August and that means corn recipes — it’s finally time for fresh Michigan sweet corn to cook while grilling steak!

We’ve got a farm stand right up the road and a local farmer’s market, so once August hits, I’m always on the lookout for the freshest corn I can find.

Since outdoor entertaining is not a year-round activity here, I want to take advantage of seasonal produce as much as possible. I’ve got my favorite go-to corn recipes, of course, but I’ve also found ones that look especially delicious for a BBQ or patio party.

Before jumping into corn recipes, here are 3 general tips on enjoying corn outdoors with friends and family!

Corn Recipes: 3 Tips

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Choosing Corn

1. Buying It…

When choosing fresh corn, I look for bright green husks with still damp light yellow silk.

2. Prepping It…

No one likes eating stringy corn silk. To wipe it off, rub with a wet paper towel. To cut kernels off the cob, stand it on end and run a sharp knife straight down the sides.

3. Grilling It…

One of my favorite ways to eat fresh sweet corn is just throwing it on the grill—husk and all– for about 10 minutes. Make sure the grill is medium-hot and turn the corn every two minutes or so. Voilà! Just be careful when you peel it.

Corn Recipes: My Favorite One

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Corn/Tomato Sauté

We went through a four-year period when at least one child was in braces and unable to eat corn on the cob. Even though the braces are gone, I still make this family favorite at least once a week in August.

Corn with Lime and Tomato


1. 5 ears of sweet corn
2. One large homegrown tomato or 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
3. 1/3 cup red onion
4. Juice of one lime (or ½ lime if you prefer)
5. 1-2 Tablespoons of butter, depending on your taste
6. Salt and paprika to taste (Can use chili powder too)


1. Cut the kernels off the corn.
2. Melt the butter, then sauté all ingredients together over medium-high heat for about 7 minutes.
3. Enjoy!

Corn Recipes for Soup

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Corn Soup

Who says soup has to be hot? Here are three delicious recipes for chilled corn soup:

This Cold Avocado Corn Soup with Cilantro Oil is Mexican-inspired. It’s a chilled heavy cream soup that you can also put right on enchiladas. ¡Delicioso!

This Chilled Coconut and Corn Soup recipe mixes corn with light coconut milk and lime juice!

Here’s a Chilled Corn Soup with Lobster Salad. There’s no cream involved and you can use steamed whole lobsters or just cooked lobster meat.

Grilled Corn Recipes

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Grilling Corn

Here are a few grilled corn recipes to think about before your next barbecue!

This Grilled Corn with Queso Fresco, Lime and Chili is so simple. Just grill the corn for a minute on each side on medium-high heat, then top with vegenaise or mayonnaise, and the other ingredients. Yum!

This Grilled Corn with Honey Ginger Barbecue Sauce uses a sweet, tangy BBQ sauce you can make in about 30 minutes!

Here’s one that isn’t grilled corn, but close! It’s a Roasted Fresh Corn, Poblano and Cheddar Pizza where you put fresh corn kernels on top along with poblano chiles, green onions, garlic, and sharp cheddar cheese!

Finally, while I never seem to have any corn leftovers, I refer you to a list of ways to use leftover corn on the cob! The list includes salad, cornbread, and (as we’ve just seen) pizza!